A note from our President, Suzanne LeBlanc
May 4, 2020
The last few weeks have brought so many changes to all our lives. We have collectively chosen to stay home to help protect our families and neighbors; demonstrating our nation at its very best.
While the Museum staff recognizes that we must be physically distant, we know that being emotionally connected is more important than ever. During this difficult time, we have focused our efforts on creating resources that support the community’s current needs.
We hope that you are enjoying the range of activities, performances and resources we share through our social channels, including our Visit LICM at Home long-form episodes. This content, as well as our full-length theater productions, are available for viewing at any time on Facebook. They’re available when you want and need them.
We have maintained our schedule of programs for young children by presenting stART (story + ART) and Healthy Kids in the Kitchen to provide normalcy and structure for our little learners.
We are looking forward to the time when we can be together again and the staff is working remotely on projects that will help support the return of visitors and staff to our building. We are looking at what the Museum and our offerings should look like when we can all be together again. Visitor comfort and well-being are at the top of all our efforts.
Staff is also using this time to focus on long term projects including exhibit development, Museum accreditation, staff training modules and new program development.
We are disappointed that the last two months of the popular Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! exhibit was upended, but our goal is to bring the exhibit back to LICM again when it is available.
We made the decision to postpone our annual fundraiser, Cupcakes & Cocktails, until we are able to truly celebrate with our community of supporters.
LICM is committed to continuing to employ our full-time staff members and to that end is rigorously applying for all available COVID-19 Impact funds, including the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through the SBA. Our PPP loan application has been approved and we are waiting to hear the status of our EIDL application.
These will help to mitigate the gap to both our earned income and donated revenue streams. We expect the financial impact on our Museum to continue for quite awhile
While we have tremendous support and leadership from our board and community leaders, it requires more than them. If you are able, please consider a gift to support LICM while the Museum provides virtual programing and resources for families and schools while preparing to open to the public again.
Stay safe, stay well and stay connected!